Kristen Batko was born and raised in Michigan and studied film with a concentration in screenwriting at the University of Michigan. After graduating with honors and awards, she worked in television in New York, before settling in Los Angeles to pursue writing and directing.
Batko’s creative interests lie in the intersection of art and activism. In her body of work, she explores mental illness, trauma, addiction, LGBTQ issues, and diverse representation through the lends of narrative, and, oftentimes, genre. But she is open to telling many kinds of stories, so long as there is a fascinating character’s psyche to sink her teeth into.
If you’re searching for her, you can find her at her laptop, working on her next project and her posture. She is currently represented at CAA and Writ Large.
Starting at age eleven, I noticed that adults often forgot what it was like to be younger. How perceptive we were, how complex we were, how our troubles could be just as real and awful as adult ones. So every year, on my birthday, I would take stock of what I knew, what I felt like adults didn’t understand about people my age, and promised myself I would continue to remember what it was like to be that age when I was older.
A Love Story is honoring that promise, exploring one teenager navigating what are typically thought of as “adult problems.” Ultimately, she’ll need to fail or succeed at solving them on her own.